New Ambulance Services for the Bellarine and Geelong
I was recently pleased to be joined by the Minster for Health Jill Hennessy in announcing a new ambulance for the Bellarine Peninsula. The ambulance will be based initially at Bellarine and then Swan Bay when a new station is completed there in 2018. It will have seven extra full time paramedics assigned to it.
In addition, Geelong is also receiving a new 24 hour ambulance, staffed by 14 extra full time paramedics. These services are part of 450 additional paramedics and 13 new ambulances being introduced by the State Government across Victoria. These new services are most welcomed as they will mean accident and medical emergencies on the Bellarine and Geelong will be responded to even quicker than in the past.
State Budget 2017/18 Delivers for the Bellarine
On the 2nd of May the State Treasurer Tim Pallas handed down this year’s State Budget which I am pleased to note included a number of significant investments which will benefit people and communities across the Bellarine. These include:
- Upgrade to the Bellarine Bus Network to continue the service to Portarlington
- $3.22m for Leopold Primary School
- $211,000 for Queenscliff Primary School
- $1.5m for an upgrade to the Point Lonsdale Life Saving Club
- Extra police for the region
- $210 million for upgrade to the Geelong and Warrnambool rail line
- $50 million to double the First Home Owner Grant to $20,000 for new homes in regional areas, which will help many locals to buy their first home.
- A payroll tax cut of 25% for all businesses operating substantially in regional Victoria benefitting around 4,000 businesses
State Government Funding for Celtic Festival
In April I was pleased to announce that the Celtic Festival for 2017 has received State Government funding of $35,000 through the Regional Events Fund. I congratulate Festival Director Una McAlinden and her team in securing this funding and for the tireless work in making the festival the ongoing success it is.
The festival is now regarded as Australia’s premier Celtic festival and attracts around 15,000 people to the region. For local businesses this is a welcome boost at what is usually a quieter time of the year for visitors.
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